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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 10:53 am:   

I always end up buying way more books than I'll ever find time to read. As a result, I have a series of shelves full of Books To Be Read.

Here are the ones I wanna read first:

THE SCAR, China Mieville
EXPIRATION DATE, Tim Powers
EARTHQUAKE WEATHER, Tim Powers
DINNER AT DEVIANT'S PALACE, Tim Powers
GLIMMERING, Elizabeth Hand
BLACK LIGHT, Elizabeth Hand
SARAH CANARY, Karen Joy Fowler
SISTER MOON, Karen Joy Fowler
MOCKINGBIRD, Sean Stewart
GALVESTON, Sean Stewart
DREAMSIDE, Graham Joyce
DARK SISTER, Graham Joyce
NEVERWHERE, Neil Gaiman
STARDUST, Neil Gaiman

And that's just one shelf. I've gotta stop buying more books.

Any you cold recommend reading first (the SCAR is coming first, of course).

What's on your To-Read stack(s)?


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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 04:46 am:   

Oh, and I left off:

THE MOUNT, Carol Emshwiller
SHADOW & CLAW, Gene Wolfe
THE ANUBIS GATES, Tim Powers

Can't buy any new novels until all 15 or so of these books are read.

But I can still buy anthologies... Mwa ha ha ha!!!
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Luís
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 07:14 am:   

"Must stop buying books" . . . that's what I keep telling myself.

EXPIRATION DATE and EARTHQUAKE WEATHER are part of a trilogy, so be sure LAST CALL is your first.

Aside from that . . . sorry, can't help you. I have a hard time deciding which book I should read next, myself. :-)

Cheers,
Luís
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 07:17 am:   

Hey Luis! I hear you about the book-buying addiction. To make things worse, I try to only buy hardcover 1st editions -- they're the only books worth keeping, I think -- so the cost gets out of hand fast!

And yeah, I've read LAST CALL, and just loved it. Powers is the man. Thanks for dropping in!
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Nick B
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 04:25 am:   

>I always end up buying way more books than I'll ever find time to read.

Tell me about it. I'm considering building interior walls out of the things.

Hm. This is a pretty solid 'to read' list actually; all other things being equal though, I'm going to to plump for my countryman Graham Joyce (Dreamside being my personal favourite of the two books listed here).
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 04:45 am:   

Hi Nick! I'll probably read the Joyce pretty soon, as they're a bit shorter than the rest, and I've REALLY enjoyed the few short pieces he's written, like "Black Dust."

Thanks for the tip!
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Nick B
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 03:27 pm:   

Joyce is the man, trust me. I can also highly recommend THE TOOTH FAIRY, which is probably his most accessible book to date.

Lets hear how you get on, anyway.
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Jay C
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 02:58 pm:   

I actually like INDIGO, though Mr. Joyce doesn't so much. THE TOOTH FAIRY is a lovely bit of work.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 03:50 pm:   

Duly noted, gents! Many thanks. I have a good feeling I'll like Mr. Joyce's work.

James, does ever he come to your London get-togethers?
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Jay C
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 04:50 pm:   

Mike, frequently and often do we lift pints together...
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 11:43 am:   

Ha -- it's almost 4 months later, and I haven't cracked ANY of the books on my To-Be-Read list.

What in the hell have I been doing?

Probably writing and web-surfing too damn much.
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Jon Hansen
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 01:39 pm:   

Oh, you big non-novel reading baby. :-)

Actually, if you want my pick on which one to go with, I'd pick Powers's ANUBIS GATES. But all Powers is a good thing, methinks.
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Greg van Eekhout
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 01:53 pm:   

Ditto Jon.

Also, MOCKING BIRD.

Have you read Stewart's THE NIGHT WATCH?
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Liz Williams
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 04:49 pm:   

Well, I'd agree 100% on the Powers, whom I love, but I'd also weigh in with a rec for Joyce's stuff.
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 08:55 am:   

Greg,

I've read The Night Watch and found it lovely. I particularly like the section which is an homage to "The Build a Fire" by Jack London.

Have you read Cloud's End?
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Cheryl Morgan
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 09:45 am:   

Having read almost all of that lot I think I'm safe in saying that your taste in book buying is excellent. But read THE ANUBIS GATES first.

Must start reading Graham Joyce - so many book, so little time...
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:09 am:   

You know, I started Clouds End and got about sixty or seventy pages into it before putting it down. I really wanted to like it, since I dug Stewart's Galveston so much, but I just couldn't get into it. I may come back to it later tho.
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:21 am:   

I also love Powers and Joyce. But the two Joyce books you have listed are the two I consider to be his weakest. Try TOOTH FAIRY, REQUIEM, FACTS OF LIFE or SMOKING POPPY.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:43 am:   

Also LENINGRAD NIGHTS, which I thought was very good. TOOTH FAIRY is excellent and so is REQUIEM. (SP is on _my_ to-read list, which is as long as my arm...)
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:51 am:   

Ah, LENINGRAD NIGHTS. . .I've had PARTIAL ECLIPSE on order from SubPress for what, a year now? When it arrives, hopefully in August, I'll finally get a chance to read Leningrad Nights.
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Greg van Eekhout
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 10:59 am:   

Maureen,

I've yet to read CLOUDS END or NOBODY'S SON, though both are on my teetering to-read stack.

He read from his new novel last year at World Con, and I think I'm going to love it. It was Sean Stewart at his funniest and most grim.

(By the way, it was you, Maureen, who first turned me onto Stewart at Viable Paradise, so thanks!)
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 - 07:29 pm:   

Greg,

It's always nice to turn someone on to Sean--people are always so pleased. I'm mildly tempted to buy twenty copies of Mockingbird and just hand them out to people who haven't yet read Sean.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 06:58 am:   

Oooh. I have two of Stewart's novels on my shelf, waiting for me -- MOCKINGBIRD and GALVESTON.

When do people find time to read?

Actually, I'm enjoying PATTERN RECOGNITION, for the most part, mostly for Gibson's style of writing and eyeball kicks. The story itself feels a bit flimsy.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:12 pm:   

Hey, I got a copy of TRAMPOLINE here from Small Beer Press -- what stories do folks recommend?
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 05:55 am:   

Well, as also stated in my review (ahem), the stories I dug the most were Richard Butner's "Ash City Stomp" (which inspired the cover art by Shelley Jackson), Samantha Hunt's "Famous Men" triptych, and Vandana Singh's "The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet". Though all of them are very well written.

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